Mike Howe
 

Interview 2010


Reviews:

Heading West (2013) MD

Heading West (2013) KP

Island of Anywhere (2011) MD

Island of Anywhere (2011) KP

Round River (2010) MD

Round River (2010) KP

Time Stands Still (2009) MD

Time Stands Still (2009) KP


Bio:

Mike Howe is a multi-instrumentalist composer of relaxing, melodic songs using a blend of acoustic and electric guitars, double bass, electric bass, keyboard, piano and drums. His music has been described as “humble, heartfelt and strikingly beautiful…and he has an incredible talent for composing and playing gentle instrumental guitar music that seems to flow almost effortlessly, carrying the listener away on soothing waves of melodic and catchy tunes”.

Mike is an ecologist and didn’t start writing music until his mid-30′s, having devoted most of his time working to conserve and protect wildlife in Wales where he lives.  He was signed to the Real Music label in California in 2009 and released his first album.  He then composed and released an album each year for the next 3 years on the same label, making him one of the most prolific writers in recent times, coming literally out of nowhere to make a big impact on the contemporary instrumental music scene.

Mike has been nominated in the Zone Music Reporter Awards for each of his first 3 albums, starting with Best New Artist in 2009 for his debut album Time Stands Still, and Best Acoustic Instrumental Album for his follow up albums Round River (2010) and Island Of Anywhere (2011).  His music can be heard on radio stations all over the world and many of his songs have charted in several countries including the USA, Germany, Sweden and New Zealand.

Howe has gained a reputation for “crafting warm, engaging lead melodies”, but he continues to present them in new and interesting ways. “For all the musicians that have claimed to pull music from nature, Howe puts them all to shame. Proving that his debut was no flash in the pan, this is an NAC guitarist that has chops and soul to spare and seems to be able to pull inspiration from a very deep well. This is must hearing for any serious acoustic guitar fan that wants nothing less than the real deal.” —Chris Spector, MidWestRecord.com.

Howe’s fourth album, “Heading West” was released in 2013 to further critical acclaim.  This album represented another step change in his writing, this time producing an acoustic album of warm jazz/folk songs reflecting his travels through the American west.  “What results is something refreshing and utterly unique that makes this disc into one of the best we’ve reviewed in the last 12 months.” – James McQusiton, Neufutur Magazine.